Date of Stay: April, 2016
We came into Tyler, Texas, for one night with our Class A. Due to bad weather in the area we arrived late and indicated we wanted to leave late the next day. The manager was quite generous and only charged us for one night though we were clearly exceeding the checkout times for the next day. We went in with a specific agenda, try Stanley's BBQ and find a used record shop that we had heard about. We did both. If you like Texas BBQ, don't miss Stanley's. Selfishly, the vinyl record shop will have to remain my little secret. The park was perfect for this as in we needed a short stop. It is really a large parking lot. The benefits of this is that it is very level. The con is that you have NO grass between each site. This is not a place to extend your awning and sit outside. There are no picnic tables, grills, firering, etc. There are full hookups and a small laundry and restroom area. We didn't use either, so I can't comment. They do have a nice size dog park with grass; however, there are burrs. The location makes this quite a good place to stay as it is right off the highway, easy to navigate a large rig, and in Tyler city limits. The park has numerous pull-thrus with plenty of room for your toad. We were able to hook and unhook at our site. If you aren't looking for frills and really just wanting to stay for a day or two to enjoy Tyler (they do have one of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters, Sky Vue) then this is a good spot for you. If you need a place for a longer stay, I would suggest Tyler State Park, one of the Texas Gems, or go on down the highway a bit, spend a little more, and pamper yourself at Mill Creek RV Resort in Canton, Texas.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
In reviewing this park one has to take into consideration the purpose for visiting Little Rock. We wanted urban adventure and this park was great since we weren't toading. We specifically went to visit the Clinton Presidential Library and downtown Little Rock. There is something to be said for location! With this park all of the above are within walking distance. Literally the park is at the foot of the Clinton Presidential Bridge which is lit up every night with dancing lights. Quite the show over the mighty Mississippi River. We walked over the bridge (not handicap accessible) and visited the museum and the Anne Frank Tree (Google this project. Amazing and beautiful monument). From there we walked the Arkansas River Trail to the River Market District. There are several restaurants, another nature museum (free!) and a discovery museum aimed at children. The community obviously sees this as an area for families because it was bustling. Little Rock loves this green space and beautiful sculptures reflect a proud history. The Arkansas River Trail is a destination itself as it goes for 44 miles, all the way to Pinnacle Mountain State Park! Because of all of this I ranked this park high; it more than met our objectives. But, to be clear, it is really a large parking lot. There are full hookups with sewer, no cable but easy to get about fifteen channels. The riverfront lots are the only lots with grass and they are truly right on the water. We had a center pull thru facing the water and downtown. However, the person who came in next to us had to pull in the opposite direction due to the manner of the hookups; you share a pedestial and the water and sewer are opposite directions. There is no grass between the sites. We walked our Bichons along the river and in grassy areas towards the front where they even have pet waste stations, but there is not a designated fenced dog area. This one is about location, no frills. The wifi is good as well. You can't beat the price!
Date of Stay: April, 2015
This was one of the best state parks we have ever visited. The roads and sites had ample room to navigate our motorhome and each site came with an additional tent pad. Additionally, the sites are level with a picnic table, fire ring, lantern holder and BBQ grill which I notice many campgrounds are no longer including. There is plenty to do here with the biggest draw being digging for diamonds. This facility is top notch. You can rent or bring your own equipment and the staff is very helpful. On those hot days, they have a small water park for the kids and a food truck is available during season. A gorgeous paved trail takes you down by the Little Missouri river. The only drawback is do not plan on television or wifi unless you are using your cell as a mobile hotspot. We stayed in site 17 which had great access to walk up to dig for diamonds. If you are not toading, be careful as to your site number. If you get further out it will be a very long walk back to camp after a long day in the diamond field. We will be returning.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
We stayed here for 4 nights while we visited several attractions in the Houston area. To be clear, the restort is actually in Pearland. But, it was very conveniet to places like the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Houston Zoo. The people here are very courteous and escort you to your site. The office is really more of a store, too. There are some long term residents, but they seem to be all located at the back. The resort is also gated which always appeals to us. We prefer amenities, and this park has plenty to offer. The pool is heated, and I think it is saltwater as well. The hot tub is beautiful, too. There is a large covered pavilion which has every kind of grill you can think of for your access. Though we do not use the park bathrooms, we did check them out for review purposes. They were the nicest we have seen. The laundry room was extremely clean and offered soap and fabric softener for sale if you forgot yours. There was also a playground area for the kids and two dog parks, one for large dogs and one for small. The park is very dog friendly with the doggie bag stations throughout the resort. The pads were large, concrete and level for the most part. The roads were the same, very easy to navigate with a 40 feet rig. The resort also picks up your trash from your site 3x a day which is important in my opinion. Also, in the back is access to the Tom Bass Park which is a nice touch. For those who do not pull a car, Budget Rental Car in the area will pick you up and bring you to their location with prior arrangements. Now, the only reason this is not a 10 is that I felt there wasn't a great deal of grass at the sites. My partner did note that the pads were huge, and stated she thought the resort a 10. Propane is available, and they actually encourage you to wash your rig at your site if it needs it.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Destin West is actually in Fort Walton Beach right on the Bay, literally ten minutes outside of Destin proper. This turned out to be a huge plus due to traffic. This resort is all paved with extremely level pads. The pads are actually cobblestone. We didn't need to put our jacks down at all, but we do just to have the additional stability. They hit the pad, and we were done. There are no pull-throughs here, but they do have pull-ins. We had one that when we raised the front shade, we were looking at boats and water (site 10). The hookups are well maintained. The cable TV had over 100 channels. There is a pool with a nice shower and bathroom. On Friday night they set up a screen for a swim up movie. Lounging there you are looking right out at the water. However, there is only one restroom each for men and women that I know of. There may be a bathroom and shower in the front office, so you may want to confirm if that is a need. If you are a large family who really needs the additional facilities that could be an issue. A cobblestone/paved path surround the park for walking which is very nice. We would walk it each morning with the dogs and stop to look into the bay to count the crabs and creatures we saw swimming about. We saw dolphins on one of our morning walks right from the resort. Doggie bags and trashcans are positioned throughout. There is a small private beach as well, but the horrible storm the week before still had it submerged. One site has an unobstructed view, but everyone going to the beach would have to pass it (site 39). There are a couple of unique features to this resort which you may or may not like. First, there is a gate right from the walking path which links the resort to Fuddpuckers, a family friendly arcade/beach bar/ grill right next door! Great views. You can rent watersports here, and we took a pontoon up to Crab Island. Fuddpucker's does have live music on the weekend, so if you are looking for real quiet this may not be for you. However, I am a fairly light sleeper, and I didn't have a problem at all. Also, when you stay here you have access to all the Ramada resort offers across the street. Access is challenging due to traffic, but there is an elevated crosswalk. There are more restaurants, pools, beach and a swim up bar. We will go back. I only have a few dings. The Wi-Fi is spotty at best. We used our phones as hotspots most of the time. The good thing is, unlike many RV resorts, there was no additional fee for the Internet. They have one very clean BBQ grill, but I think for this price each site should have their own. They need larger trashcans as well. Regular size trash bags won't fit. You must use grocery bags. For this price point, most places have valet trash pick up. The maintenance men come around on golf carts several times a day, so it wouldn't be difficult to add this feature. All in all, this was one of the best RV vacations we have had. We are already planning to make this an annual trip. The best deal is to stay for a week with a Sam's club discount. We actually added one more day, and, with tax, it came up to $109. But, you get what you pay for, and I would call this a high-end park. One point to note, on the web site, they say it is restricted to Class A, Class C, and fifth wheels. That was not the case when we were there so still consider it if you have a travel trailer.
Date of Stay: November, 2013
We stayed here over Thanksgiving for a total of three nights in a motorhome. First, the staff was incredibly accommodating. We were immediately informed a a Thanksgiving potluck starting in a couple of hours. We didn't take advantage, but it was nice to know they were going to the trouble. When I originally booked the rv site they did not have a waterfront spot available, but when we arrived we were offered a pull-in waterfront site (#74). It was amazing. We had incredible sunrises and sunsets the entire stay. The lake is huge, and we kept commenting that it looked like we were actually on a bay on the water. The park itself is very well laid out with smooth paved roads and very level paved concrete pads. Each had a fire ring and a picnic table. I will say that if you aren't waterfront you will spend most of your stay staring at rvs in front of you and wishing you were, so spend the money and book early. They also have a boat ramp and marina, so if you wanted to bring your boat you would have a slip. The small store onsite had firewood for sale, and when we went to buy some they immediately offered to deliver it. This was great because we didn't have another vehicle. There is also a restaurant and bar onsite with great lake views. We ate there one time, and it was okay. Prices were reasonable, service was great, and the food was okay. They also offer boat rentals, a pool, beach, playground and spa which we did not take advantage of due to the season. However, there were tons of birds and even a huge bass that kept jumping up in front of our site. It would be a very happy fisherman to catch him. I did give the resort a 9 for a couple of reasons. First, we were surprised to find the sites did not not have charcoal grills and, though the resort is quite large, it only has one dog park tucked in a far corner. Overall, a great experience that I would recommend.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
First, let me say the cost of the site is more expensive because the rate goes up during First Monday Trade Days. This is a much different experience. I would call Mill Creek a luxury rv resort because of the amenities. You have full hookups that can handle the largest rigs. There are two gorgeous pools and several stocked fishing ponds. (They are small fish, but they are fun to catch and release. All it takes is a little bit of hot dog and the hook!) There is also a restaurant with live music on Friday nights, but we prefer to walk right outside of the resort to this little taco trailer. In terms of a different camping experience, if you go for Trade days bring your walking shoes. It is huge with a vendor for every taste. Mill Creek is doing it right because they provide a shuttle service which is nice because you don't want to have to find parking there if you don't have to. They have a beautiful pavilion and lovely little cottages which I think would be great if you wanted to go to Trade Days with someone who didn't have a motorhome. The cottages are adorable. They have recently added walking trails, too. They also have a dog park. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. I gave it a 9 though because they lack charcoal grills and I disagree with any of the sites being waterfront. Highly recommend this resort and Trade Fair Days.